Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Toward or closer to the mouth of a stream; in the direction of the current.
  • adverb At a later point in a production process or supply chain.
  • adjective Being or moving closer to the mouth of a stream; in the direction of the current.
  • adjective Later in a production process or supply chain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • With or in the direction of the current of a stream.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Down the stream.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Lower down, in relation to a river or stream
  • adverb Following the path of a river or stream

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb away from the source or with the current
  • adjective in the direction of a stream's current

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From down- +‎ stream.

Examples

  • In a genetics experiment gone horribly wrong, human and frog DNA were accidentally mixed and this giant tadpole egg was spotted downstream from the lab.

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  • Poitras has been a long-time advocate for his small community, Fort Chipewyan, just downstream from the toxic tar sands development in Northern Alberta.

    Rebecca Tarbotton: James Cameron Goes to the Tar Sands

  • "The only clue as to where the dwarf could have got to was a love-starved weedeater gazing longingly downstream from the battlements."

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  • "The only clue as to where the dwarf could have got to was a love-starved weedeater gazing longingly downstream from the battlements."

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  • Poitras has been a long-time advocate for his small community, Fort Chipewyan, just downstream from the toxic tar sands development in Northern Alberta.

    Rebecca Tarbotton: James Cameron Goes to the Tar Sands

  • Poitras has been a long-time advocate for his small community, Fort Chipewyan, just downstream from the toxic tar sands development in Northern Alberta.

    Rebecca Tarbotton: James Cameron Goes to the Tar Sands

  • The county's advisory was a precaution to notify residents to avoid contact with the water downstream from the spill site, a statement said.

    Arlington lifts sewage advisory

  • It concluded that severe and long-term environmental damage is likely to continue, and that it represents a serious health hazard for residents of the mining area and for the indigenous peoples living downstream from the mine.

    Bill C-300 : Law is Cool

  • But 13.4 Mbps downstream is huge for residential applications.

    Broadband Confession: I Have Pipe Envy

  • Glenwood is far enough downstream from the la-la world of Aspen to keep things relatively affordable, and with 300 sunny days a year, natural hot springs, and more trout-laden rivers and lakes than you can count, Glenwood is soothing to the angler's soul.

    The Best Fishing Towns in America

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